Hey, REXers: Guess what? We're moving. Next Saturday, if you look for us in this old stomping ground, you won't find us at home, so to speak. But we're not going far. We'll be setting up the Exchange Central mailbox and ensconcing the staff in new digs in the Saturday edition of BayLink, a spanking new daily section that makes its debut Monday.
We think we'll enjoy our new neighbors. They'll include the puzzles, Cryptoquote, and comics many of you look for first thing each morning; some familiar faces, like Dear Abby; some handy shopping features; and lots of the good stuff, like TV and movie listings, you rely on to organize your Saturday. Just make sure you check the Exchange before you check out of BayLink next Saturday. We'll still feature the greatest people in the world trying to move the most astonishing array of et cetera.
Oh, and yes: We plan to benefit from years of readers' laments over moves gone bad. We're not intending to lose any ancient family recipes, antique back scratchers, Grandpa's rocking chair, rare snoods and vintage Scrabble games when the moving van disgorges us at BayLink.
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Don's late wife enjoyed making Santa Claus dolls, some as tall as 3 feet. Don is offering boxes of cloth, fur, Santa parts and ornamental items to a ho-ho hobbyist who can use them. Call (813) 633-0735 by June 1. Don's offer ends then.
Esther Bateman and two of her friends do craft work weekly. They need material that measures at least 9 by 14 inches and is quilted on both sides. Esther may be reached at (727) 343-4466.
Olga Fincher's great-niece Erika, an 11-year-old who lives in New Hampshire, plays the cello beautifully, all by ear. She would love to have her own cello, instead of renting one, so Olga thought she would check to see if Exchange Land is home to a "cello angel," with a cello that would enjoy living with a little girl in cold country. Erika is also looking for waltz music on CDs or cassettes that she can learn to play. Please call (727) 786-1574.
Pat and Joe Gorecki of New Port Richey are ready to part with their collection of more than 100 78 rpm records, in very good condition. Most are albums from the '40s and '50s that feature the likes of Frankie Carle and Tommy Dorsey. Please call (727) 846-0143.
Bob Thrash of Belleair would love to listen to his records, but his turntable isn't cooperating. It plays, but stops about halfway through a record. Then the arm returns to the rest, and the machine shuts off. We opine that its git up and go has got up and went, but Bob would like a more rational evaluation.
If you know your way around a Sony Stereo Music System model HP-188, with an AM/FM radio and a four-speed (16, 33, 45 and 78) turntable, Bob solicits your repair skills. Please call (727) 449-1171.
Earlier this year, a story about a grandmother having a tough time raising her five grandchildren ran in one of this newspaper's regional editions. Pat Page held off offering assistance because she thought the family would initially be overwhelmed with help.
However, when Pat finally phoned Arnetta Hurst, the grandmother, she learned that quite the opposite was true. Arnetta and the children need many things that would make their lives easier.
Pat writes that an unused freezer would be a good place to start. Arnetta has only a small refrigerator, with a tiny top freezer. A dining table would be a great help to this brood, which is currently eating in shifts at a glass table for four. Or an electric mower would mean the older girls could mow the lawn, thus saving the family $60 a month.
Little things mean a lot for this family, and if you have items you think would smooth out some of the bumps, please call Arnetta at (727) 443-2756.
Mary Louise Davis of St. Petersburg has a large stack of Americal Newsletters, dating back to 1985, which she would like to give away. She thought perhaps a military organization might like to have them. Mrs. Davis' husband was on New Caledonia when the Americal Division was formed, so he never threw away the newsletters. Mrs. Davis also has some "Canoneer Posts." She may be reached at (727) 895-6531.
Back in the '80s, Clearwater's John Matthews and his friends enjoyed playing a board game called Starfall. Unfortunately, John hasn't seen this game in years. If a copy of Starfall exists in Exchange Land, John would be pleased to glom onto it. Please call (727) 483-0643 or e-mail email@example.com.
Eric and the grandkids (no, this isn't a rock band) are floating — on water, not on air — just as they had hoped when they requested a canoe they could use to explore local inland waterways. A big thanks goes out to Larry Beeman of Largo, who came through for the crew.
We welcome you to stop by and "set a spell" next week in our new BayLink location, but bring your own cup of coffee.
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